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Brian Baker: Concerns about selective liberal outrage in America

Posted: May 15, 2010 1:14 p.m.
Updated: May 16, 2010 4:55 a.m.
On April 14, The Signal published a column by Gary Horton titled “Don’t unhinge the tea party fringe.”

In his column, Horton utilized what’s become the standard “progressive” tactic of trying to discredit the vast number of people in this country who express their dissatisfaction with the policies of the Obama/Pelosi/Reid troika through peaceful, law-abiding demonstrations — particularly “tea party” events — by trying to taint them with accusations of “extremism” and invoking Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh as if he was somehow involved with the tea parties.

He then went on to lump in the recently arrested Hutaree group, which as far as I can tell, is a group of anarchists with no ties to any political ideology whatsoever.

He even managed to throw in the race card, implying that opposition to Obama is racist, rather than based on Obama’s political positions.

Frankly, I found Horton’s column insulting, childish, hysterical, hyperbolic and hypocritical.

The reality is that in any large group of people there are going to be a certain number who hover at the fringes, espousing strange ideas or actions.

But liberals have taken to focusing solely on those people in their attempts to discredit and marginalize legitimate protest of the policies promoted by a government that’s completely ignoring the will of the majority of the people.

Horton, in particular, went way beyond any rational bounds of reason. I could easily level the same accusations against liberals of Horton’s ilk.

After all, the left wing is the home of the Symbionese Liberation Army and Weather Underground, organizations with a long history of violence including murder, arson, bank robbery, blowing up post offices and recruitment centers and other assorted actions.

The left wing is also the home of the rioters who show up at every economic summit and wreak havoc, destroying personal and public property and harming people, as well as the Earth Liberation Front, which is responsible for deaths, injuries and property damage.

The only actual violence that’s taken place at tea party events was when an anti-tea-party SEIU thug beat up an old, black man late last year (Racism? Ageism?); and at a Nevada event, when another anti-tea-party protester threw eggs at a tea party bus and tried to place the blame on conservative journalist Andrew Breitbart.

Fortunately, both events were recorded and the truth came out.

But I don’t make those accusations, because as a mature adult I realize that the actions of the few don’t reflect on the group as a whole.

The reality is that the tea partiers in particular — and conservatives in general — are peaceful, law-abiding people utilizing their legitimate right to protest, and that scares liberals to death, because that’s long been what it considered its exclusive reserve.
It’s not used to — and is panic-stricken at — the idea of everyday Joe and Jane Six-packs actually taking time off from work (if they’re lucky enough to still have jobs) to gather and protest against policies they believe — rightfully — are destroying this country.

We’ve had tea party events right here in the Santa Clarita Valley that are not only peaceful and, frankly, fun, but when the people went home there wasn’t even any trash left behind.

The same thing has happened at every event of which I’m aware, including last year’s Sept. 12 march on Washington, D.C., at which approximately 1 million tea partiers had their event and went home, leaving the streets cleaner than when they arrived.

That’s a claim I don’t think the left wing can often — if ever — make.

One more issue I’d like to address is the blatant hypocrisy exhibited by Horton and his ilk.

Alec Baldwin, on national television, advocated murdering Henry Hyde. Where was the outrage then?

Julianne Malveaux, a leftist, on Clarence Thomas: “The man is on the court. You know, I hope his wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter and he dies early, like many black men do, of heart disease.” Where was your outrage, Horton?

Where’s your outrage at the economic summit protesters and the ELF terrorists?

No, this is clearly a case of selective outrage, brought into play when convenient, in order to try to score political advantage, then safely stored away for future use when those on his own side are misbehaving. Do as I say, not as I do.

Brian Baker is a Saugus resident. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.


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